Saturday, October 18, 2008

America's Double Standards (Mauritania versus Thailand)

US Sanctions for Mauritania Junta


The US has imposed a travel ban on some members of the military government in Mauritania, who overthrew President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in August.

The state department said the unnamed officials would not be allowed to visit the US because they were undermining the "return to constitutional rule".

It also reiterated past calls for the unconditional release of Mr Abdallahi.

Communications Minister Mohamed Abderrahmane Ould Moine said Washington had "incorrectly judged our situation".

He also insisted that Mauritania remained "sufficiently prosperous" to "develop without problems in the event of international sanctions".

The African Union suspended Mauritania's membership shortly after the coup and had threatened to impose further sanctions if Mr Abdallahi was not freed before 6 October.

Former colonial ruler France and the World Bank also froze some of their aid in response, while the European Union is currently in talks with representatives of the government that could lead to sanctions.

Earlier, US ambassador Mark Boulware told reporters that Washington believed that the elections promised in 14 months' time by military leader Maj-Gen Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz "can have no legitimacy".

Gen Abdelaziz declared himself president of the Higher State Council on 6 August after ousting Mr Abdallahi, the country's first democratically-elected president, in a military coup.

Well, this certainly is a different tune the US had during the last Thai coup and is currently having with the military junta(Anupong and company) now in power telling the current government to resign, even though that type of power is outside the military's constitutional duties.

America really needs to think its double standards and, quite frankly, racist policies towards the developing world. You either support liberal democracy everywhere or you have a policy of realpolitick everywhere.

I have no doubt in my mind that if there is another coup in Thailand, the US and Europe will give the junta nod and wink support again.

But hey, if you are a poor Muslim African country, you get US and European sanctions and all kinds of harsh measures.

What is more horrifying is that the PAD is a fascist movement with military and royal support and the Americans and Europeans are silent. If a PAD type movement ever took hold in Europe or the US, the whole world would be shocked and horrified. Can you imagine a right-wing movement taking over and occupying 10 Downing Street, Champ D'elysee, the White House, preventing legislatures from convening, agitating for a coup, and calling for the overthrow of the government all in the name of disenfranchising the rural masses?

There would be universal condemnation. Since it is Thailand, just silence. Americans and Europeans should be holding their heads in shame.

1 comment:

patiwat said...

Blogger, what do you expect from a country that sent devastating troops to invade another country against its and the rest of the world's wills? Is that your definition of democracy?

You give America too much credit, pal. Are you an American? If so, I think you have better things to do than attacking Thai generals who have yet to open any shot on people. If you are an American, go to Iraq and throw yourself in front of an American tank, sent to invade another country's sovereignty with a real elitist and murderous attitude. Otherwise, you are the biggest hypocrite in the whole planet.